Should I purchase the MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Hustle, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Hustle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2007
    I currently have a MB 1.83Ghz C2D, however I'd like to purchase a new Mac. I was going to get the Macbook Pro, but I saw a Macbook Air in the shop and fell in love.

    I don't game at all so that's not a problem. I occasionally do the light edit in iMovie and basic photoshop/fireworks stuff.

    Would the MBA suit me or am I better of getting the MBP.

    I'll be taking the laptop around with me when I go to college/visit family and hopefully I'll be going to Uni in 1 year... so the weight of the MBA would be good, thought I'm not sure if its worth getting over the MBP.

    Thoughts. :)
  2. Bluereader macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2008
    Same here

    I bought a Mccbook Pro when they first came out 2 years ago and while I've had was quality issues with it, I broke down and just ordered a Macbook Air. While I love my Pro, it is a bit heavy to lug around every where and the Air seems like the perfect portable computer to me.
  3. arcanic macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2007
    Charlotte, NC

  4. AreanFSL macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    I don't see why not get an Air. Although, if you do that light editing on Photoshop/fireworks and iMovie.. expect that chance of light lag on video. The graphics card is shared and not independent like the MBP.
    If you want a balls-out fast computer for everything (gaming, graphics, etc), MBP is your choice.

  5. bananas macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2007
    I'm not sure about you, but I think that I should order a MacBook Air :D

    I think I'm gonna do that tomorrow.
  6. Hustle thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2007
    I'm jealous. :p
  7. Klaxons2012 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2007
    I took a look at the MBA at the Apple Store yesterday and it's a striking machine. There was actually a queue to take a look at the display model! It took me time to come around because i'm from the "if it's not expandable, it's not worth it" school of thought so it didn't appeal to me. But when I saw it, I started to understand it's appeal. It has the aesthetic features of a MBP and the portability/simplicity of a MB. It's the perfect mid-range notebook. Even though I still need an expandable MB, I'd get a MBA if I had an iMac or a MP at home.
  8. jlbrown23 macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2007
    Get it! ;-)

    Seriously, the only drawback is the HD space. I don't care so much about this since I have a desktop set up at home with a 500GB HD for all of my music/video, but if I had to start keeping a lot of music/video on the Air it could get a little cramped. Then again if you just get a 160GB iPod, you don't really need to keep music/video on your laptop. Or just upgrade your MB to a large HD(I've got a 250GB in mine) & keep that as a "server".

    For me I have totally fallen in love with the portability of the thing. You'll find you take it with you a lot more because it is so light & if you are hauling it around campus for all of your classes it is the way to go.

    The big advantage of the Pro is power, so unless you need the graphics chops(or have some crazy need for multiple firewire/USB ports), it's probably not worth spending the $$.

    And one more thing - I like keeping mine in the big envelope like Steve Jobs had it in when he was introducing it. Not because I am trying to "look cool", but because it occurred to me that this is a great theft prevention method. Think about it - if you have it with you in your car, and leave it on the front seat, it is an invitation to theft. But if you have it in an ENVELOPE, all thief sees is a big yellow envelope that isn't worth a second look. Same thing with carrying it around - people might target someone they see with at $2000 computer, but who is going to mug a guy with an envelope in his hand?
  9. Ahboyd macrumors member


    Feb 13, 2008
    Good thinking!.. I know there are Air Mail sleeve for the MBA but that is a bit chubby in my opinion. I wish there are actual some manila sleeve on the outside with somekind of cloth liner on the inside to prevent scratches. Now that would be perfect.
  10. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Be careful

    Read all the threads about overheating first.

    It will not do what your MBP could do without making a ton of noise.

    If you don't care about fans, go ahead. It is a striking piece of work albeit with a single, but I think serious, flaw.

    I owned one and was forced to take it back.
  11. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    love both the pro and the air!!! I could not pick one I got both.;) If this is going to be your only computer I would vote...PRO. You will be happy with either but the air has a shorter life span..imo

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